Dr Ides Wong is a Principal Policy Officer at the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, Queensland Health. Her portfolio includes supporting the development of joint regional mental health and suicide prevention planning.
Sunday 2 September | View program for more details
In Australia, mental health service planning has been fragmented between different levels of government and also within different sectors of the health system. The development of the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework (NMHSPF), a population planning model that combines the best available evidence and thinking in relation to mental health treatment interventions, produces resource estimates to guide mental health service planning, represents an opportunity to provide a nationally consistent approach to service planning and delivery. The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan sets out eight priority areas. One of the priority areas is “achieving integrated regional planning and service delivery” of mental health services. Its Implementation Plan identifies the need for PHNs and Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) to jointly develop regional mental health and suicide prevention plans that address local community needs. The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch in partnership with the Qld PHNs and HHSs is implementing projects and training to develop joint regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plans. The process of jointly applying the NMHSPF facilitates the development of partnerships, further strengthening regional integration and coordination, and provides a framework for joint regional mental health and health service planning between PHNs and HHSs. Through each of the organisations involved in this pilot project, learnings from this process has continued to benefit mental health service planning in the CQ WB SC region, across Queensland, and nationally. These outcomes will be further unpacked in the presentation by members of each organisation involved